Report: Celtic not set to participate in latest UEFA safe standing trial

By Lewis Laird

July 27, 2022

Celtic won’t be one of the clubs involved in UEFA’s latest safe standing trial set to take place this season, according to the Athletic.

Many clubs from across the UK and Europe have started to reintroduce standing at football grounds, with the Hoops really pathing the way for safe standing in this country.

The popular standing section at Celtic Park was first brought into place within the corner of the Lisbon Lion Stand in the 2016/17 season and has been seen as a success ever since.

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Due to current UEFA rules, this section within Celtic Park cannot currently be utilised to its full potential with regulations resulting in the rail seats being converted into standard seats when required. [Liverpool Echo]

However, these rules could be set to change, with a report from the Athletic stating that UEFA will be introducing a trial in European competition this campaign, involving several clubs who already have this system within their ground.

Although this may sound like a positive for the Celtic support, it turns out that the Bhoys won’t even be one of the clubs involved in the trial.

The report states that the tests will only take place for clubs within UEFA’s top five nations, which include England, Germany and France, covering all matches in the men’s competition except the finals.

So, at this stage, Celtic will need to wait a little longer until the standing section can be fully opened in its correct manner in the Champions League and Europa League.

Of course, those situated within the North Curve will still be in attendance, and no supporter will be missing out on these huge occasions. But, I am sure there will be some frustration on their part that the club aren’t involved in this trial event.

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Having the rail seats turned into regular seats has never stopped the Parkhead faithful situated in the standing section from creating a rocking atmosphere at Celtic Park, and that will be no different in this year’s competition.

But, the point remains; why isn’t this a trial that Celtic can be involved in? Especially when you consider the success of the standing section, which has led some clubs in the UK to follow suit.

Hopefully, it isn’t too long before UEFA are able to see sense, and these regulations can be put in place for every club playing in European competition within the next few seasons.

It certainly seems to be heading in the right direction, with the latest trials set to take place in Europe during the 2022/23 campaign.

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